Quick Look at Odell Beckham Jr
According to ProFootballReference.com, since 2014 Odell Beckham Jr has finished as a top 31 WR in PPR format in 4 of his first 6 seasons . There weren’t a lot of players that impacted fantasy football more than Odell Beckham Jr did from 2014-2018. In fact, only 2 other wide receivers had more seasons in the top 35 during that span–Antonio Brown and Julio Jones.
2014 Season: Number 1 Overall Wide Receiver by Points Per Game
Odell Beckham Jr exploded on the scene in 2014. During his rookie season, he caught 91 passes for 1,305 yards and 12 scores. This was good for an average of just 24.58 fantasy points per game in PPR formats, the highest average since 2014. This was also accomplished in just 12 games as he missed the first 4 games of the regular season due to an injury.
2015 Season: Number 3 Overall Wide Receiver by Points Per Game
Beckham continued to prove that his rookie season was not a fluke and he could be remembered for more than just a phenomenal catch on Monday Night Football. In 2015, he was giving fantasy owners an average of 21.29 points per game. Odell Beckham Jr did this by catching 96 passes for 1,450 yards and 13 scores, good for the third best season for a wide receiver, behind just Brown and Jones.
2016 Season: Number 5 Overall Wide Receiver
The number of touchdowns Odell Beckham Jr scored took a slight dip in 2016, but it was nothing that should have alarmed fantasy players. After all, he was in the top 3 at his position for his first 2 seasons, so a little drop was expected. Finishing with 101 receptions for 1,367 yards and 10 scores over was still very good. The 4 wide receivers that finished better than Beckham in 2016 were Antonio Brown, Jordy Nelson, Mike Evans, and Julio Jones.
2017 Season: Number 3 Overall Wide Receiver by Points Per Game
In 2017, Odell Beckham Jr played in just 4 games, starting 2. He missed the season opener with a high ankle sprain. Then, Odell missed the rest of the season because he fractured his ankle and required surgery. He finished 2017 with 25 catches for 302 yards and 3 scores. The season was a lost one for OBJ, but the pace he was on would have put him at 100 receptions, 1,208 yards, and 12 touchdowns. For the Giants, losing Beckham may have cost them the year, but helped them bring in their new superstar running back.
2018 Season: Number 15 Overall Wide Receiver by Points Per Game
2018 was the first time that Odell Beckham Jr was not in the top 5 in average points per game. He ended the season as a high end WR2. Odell did this with a bad offensive line, an aging Eli Manning at QB, Saquon Barkley getting his share of touches, and Ben McAdoo calling the plays. Beckham ended the season with just 77 receptions for 1,052 yards and 6 scores.
2019 Season: Number 33 Overall Wide Receiver by Points Per Game
With the emergence of Barkley and the Giants earning the number 6 pick in the draft, they decided to move on from Odell Beckham Jr. Before the 2019 NFL draft, Odell starting calling Cleveland home and reunited with his former college teammate and friend, Jarvis Landry. Beckham finished with just 74 catches for 1,035 yards and 4 scores. This was OBJ’s worst outcome for a season, besides the 2017 season which he suffered his ankle injury. After the season, Odell Beckham Jr claimed he played most of 2019 with a core injury.
2020 Outlook and Beyond:
Odell Beckham Jr has had just one season where he wasn’t a top 15 wide receiver. During that season, he dealt with a new quarterback, a bad offensive line, a new city, a core injury, and a coaching change halfway through the season. During the off-season, the Browns were also rumored in looking to trade Beckham away. The Browns have been working on addressing their offensive line this off-season. Cleveland also hired Kevin Stefanski, the former Vikings offensive coordinator, as head coach.
These factors, plus Baker Mayfield taking steps forward, should help Odell Beckham Jr return to where he was 3 years ago with the New York Giants–a high-end WR1. I would take this opportunity to buy Beckham from players that are selling him at a discounted price, as they are scared his stats will keep declining thinking that his best years are behind him.